Robin Rono’s seven points in overtime lifted Quezon over last season’s champions, Nueva Ecija, 87-86, in yesterday’s matchup for the OKBet-MPBL 2023 Fifth Season.The former National University Bulldog cager led his team with 19 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals, including the missed free throw that sealed the victory.
During past regulation, and with two seconds remaining, Rono, known for his deep threes, surprised everyone by driving to the basket and even drew a foul.
Instead of sinking the free throws, he strategically missed it to burn time, which eventually awarded them the win.
Moreover, with the help of RJ Minerva (16 points and 13 boards), Raffy Verano (12 points), and Jason Opiso (11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals), they were able to give the Rice Vanguard’s its second consecutive loss.
Meanwhile, despite Jay Collado’s outburst of points, including his three-pointer from the far corner that sent the game into overtime was not enough. Will McAloney had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Nueva Ecija, while Michael Mabulac and Michael Juico each had 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The Rice Vanguards have now an 18-4 record in this round-robin elimination phase of the 29-team tournament, which would be tough for their upcoming matches.
Tune in for upcoming matches in the OKBet-MPBL 2023 Fifth Season because these talented athletes keep putting on great shows.
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